11 Nov 2018

Winners in August in Hong Kong, on Saturday 10th November, the Chinese trio formed by Chen Yi, Li Yuqi and Yang Yiyun repeated the feat at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely.

They won the Cadet Girls’ Team title; furthermore they won in the most imposing manner possible; from start to finish not one individual match was surrendered.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the final, it was the Chinese Taipei combination of Cheng Pu-Syuan and Tsai Pei-Rung that was put to the sword.

Chen Yi gave her team the perfect start by beating Tsai Pei-Rung (9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4), before Yang Yiyun accounted for Cheng Pu-Syuan (11-5, 11-5, 11-5) to increase the advantage. Matters concluded with Li Yuqi joining forces with Chen Yi to secure the doubles (11-9, 11-7, 11-7).

“Our team’s victory was a confident performance but we cannot rest; our aim is to win tomorrow as well.” Chen Yi

Impressive in the final, a direct entry to the semi-finals, it had been the same in the penultimate round; no charity had been spared when facing Egypt’s Farida Badawy and Hend Fathy.

A trouble free journey for Chen Yi, Li Yuqi and Yang Yiyun; for Cheng Pu-Syuan and Tsai Pei-Rung life had proved more demanding.

Following a three-one quarter-final success against Germany’s Annett Kaufman and Naomi Pranjkovic, they needed the full five matches to overcome Japan’s Kazuha Yoshida and Yura Shinoharsa.

Backbone of the success was Cheng Pu-Syuan; in the opening match of the engagement, she beat Kazuha Yoshida (11-8, 11-8, 11-8), before in the fourth contest overcoming Yura Shinoharsa (11-5, 11-9, 11-8). The successes set the scene for Tsai Pei-Rung to be the heroine; she duly obliged, she recovered from a two games to nil deficit to overcome Kazuha Yoshida (9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6).

Proceedings conclude on Sunday 11th November with the Cadet Boys’ Singles, Cadet Girls’ Singles, Cadet Boys’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Doubles events.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open Chen Yi Yang Yiyun Li Yuqi

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